Belgium - Unemployment Rate

Belgium: Unemployment Rate

Mnemonic LBR.IBEL
Unit %, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Data Nov 2021 5.7
Oct 2021 6

Series Information

Source European Communities, EUROSTAT
Release Eurostat - Unemployment
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/1983
End Date 11/30/2021

Belgium: Labor

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Unemployment Nov 2021 436,034 445,428 #, NSA Monthly
Unemployment Rate Nov 2021 5.7 6 %, NSA Monthly
Labor Force Employment 2021 Q3 4,998 4,963 Ths. #, CDASA Quarterly
Primary Industries Employment 2021 Q3 59.7 59.6 Ths. #, CDASA Quarterly
Tertiary Industries Employment 2021 Q3 4,080 4,046 Ths. #, CDASA Quarterly
Total Employment 2021 Q3 4,998 4,963 Ths. #, CDASA Quarterly
Wage & Salaries 2021 Q3 61,202 59,925 Mil. EUR, CDASA Quarterly
Labor Force 2020 5,462 5,454 Thousands, NSA Annual
Agriculture Employment 2017 63,644 62,609 # Annual
Secondary Industries Employment 2017 554,078 551,125 # Annual

Release Information

Unemployment rate is the share of unemployed persons in the total number of active persons in the labor market. Active persons are those who are either employed or unemployed. Unemployment expressed in a rate of the total active population.

Unemployed persons are, as according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), all persons who were not employed during the reference week and had actively sought work during the past four weeks and were ready to begin working immediately or within two weeks.

Eurostat aims at harmonizing the calculation process as much as possible. For all countries, the non-seasonally adjusted quarterly averages of the monthly series are benchmarked to the quarterly LFS figures. However, the way the figures for the individual months as well as the provisional figures (for the period when LFS is not yet available) are calculated depends on the availability and specific characteristics of the sources available in individual Member States. Apart from quarterly figures, in some Member States monthly and/or 3 month moving averages are produced from the LFS as well. Registered unemployment data is used for many Member States as auxiliary source. The length of the series and specific correlation with the unemployment as measured with the quarterly LFS varies from country to country.

Every month new figures from the public employment offices' administrative registers or from the national LFS are added into the process and new estimates are calculated. This might cause a slight revision in the past figures due to the re-execution of the seasonal adjustment procedure. Whenever the new LFS data become available, a potentially larger revision takes place from the months of that particular quarter onwards.